There are reports that Uzalo actor Siyabonga Shibe will be leaving the show.
Siyabonga Shibe plays the role of the beloved Qhabanga.
The news was confirmed by entertainment news guru Phil Mphela, who said the actor was on his way out of the soapie.
CASTING NEWS: Siyabonga Shibe exits #Uzalo
Shibe was rumored to have been fired from the soapie back in June but he vehemently denied the reports.
Now, I can confirm that the actor is leaving the show.
While no reason has been given for his exit, Uzalo writers have insisted in the past that they don’t fire actors but their storylines just run out.
It could that Qhabanga’s storyline has come to a conclusion on the show.
Another character who will be exiting the show is Baby Cele who plays Gabisile.
Phil Mphela also confirmed her departure but said Baby Cele won’t be leaving the show forever, but she is just taking a break.
CASTING NEWS: Baby Cele leaving Uzalo
The actress will be exiting the show temporarily.
I’m told she is just “taking a break”.
That is quite a double blow on the show as both Siyabonga Shibe and Baby Cele play the beloved couple of Gabisile and Qhabanga and are fan favorites.
Their characters are integral to the heart of the show and this will definitely leave a gaping hole.
Back in June, Siyabonga Shibe had to publicly rubbish rumors, amid reports that he had a falling out with the producers and demanded a salary increase.
At the time he wrote
I have had so many calls wanting to know whether I have been fired from @uzalo_sabc1 or not. I have been ignoring the issue for too long now, I want to put it on record that me and my producers are in a good space and there was never any fights for whatever reason.
The actor is yet to respond to the latest reports on his exit.